Michael Palin Diaries - The Python Years

Michael reads extracts from his diaries as Monty Python's success escalates during the 1970s.

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01The Holy Grail2006100920091005 BT=1445 (BBC7)
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The Monty Python star recalls the influential comedy troupe's huge success in the 70s.

The Monty Python star recalls the influential comedy troupe's huge success in the 70s and the making of their first film.

The making of the first Python film, The Holy Grail.

Abridged by Lauris Morgan-griffiths.

The funny man recalls the comic team's growing success and the making of their first film.

The funny man recalls the influential comedy team's growing success of the 1970s and the making of their first film.

The funny actor recalls the influential comedy team's growing success of the 1970s and the making of their first film.

The Monty Python star recalls the influential comedy team's growing success of the 1970s and the making of their first film.

The Monty Python star recalls the comic team's success and the making of their first film.

02Branching Out2006101020091006 BT=1445 (BBC7)
20091006 (BBC7)
20091007 BT=0445 (BBC7)
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20130122 (BBC7)
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20140716 (BBC7)

Recalling the Python team's success in America and the start of their own solo projects.

The actor and travel writer recalls the Monty Python team's success in America, their break-up and the start of their own solo projects.

The fun and mayhem continues as the Pythons head to the US to promote The Holy Grail, but at home - the team are making tentative moves away from Python with their own ventures.

Recalling the comic team's success in America and their tentative moves towards solo work.

The funny man recalls the comedy team's success in America and their tentative moves towards solo work at home.

03My Father2006101120091007 BT=1445 (BBC7)
20091007 (BBC7)
20091008 BT=0445 (BBC7)
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20130123 (BBC7)
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The comic actor and travel writer reflects on his relationship with his ailing dad.

The comic actor and travel writer shares more poignant memories from the 70s, reflecting on his relationship with his ailing dad.

A touching and poignant episode about Michael's relationship with his ailing father.

The comic actor reads a poignant episode about his relationship with his ailing dad.

04Saturday Night Live2006101220091008 BT=1445 (BBC7)
20091008 (BBC7)
20091009 BT=0445 (BBC7)
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20111201 (BBC7)
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20140718 (BBC7)

The comic actor shares his surreal experience of guest hosting a big American TV show.

The comic actor shares his surreal experience of guest hosting a big American TV show and going to Studio 54.

Michael's surreal experiences surrounding an appearance as the guest host of Saturday Night Live, including a visit to an Andy Warhol party at Studio 54 in New York.

The funny man's surreal experience of guest hosting on American TV.

The funny man's surreal experience of guest hosting on American TV and going to an Andy Warhol party at New York's Studio 54.

05 LASTThe Life Of Brian2006101320091009 BT=1445 (BBC7)
20091009 (BBC7)
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The actor and writer recalls how the influential comedy group reconvened in 1977.

The actor and writer recalls how the influential comedy group reconvened in 1977 to make their most controversial film.

The Monty Python team meet up to film The Life of Brian.

The funny man recalls how the influential comedy team reconvened to make their most controversial film.

The influential comedy team reconvened to make their most controversial film.

The funny man recalls how the comedy team reconvened to make their most controversial film